GLOBAL SHAKESPEARE ON FILM

globalshakesGLOBAL SHAKES was a project that never left the drawing board. Planned as a touring package of film adaptations of Shakespeare plays to be used by cinemas, art centres, film clubs and educational establishments in the UK and overseas, it aimed to join celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

However, when we discovered a similar project being hatched by BFI, Film London and British Council, it seemed sensible to stop. The rest of this page describes what might have been.

We propose to create a package of innovative, entertaining and truly international movies that showcase the global impact of Shakespeare’s work. Film exhibitors and educational institutes will be able to order tailored packages online that include:

  • films on BluRay, DCP and DVD
  • screening licences
  • programme notes and educational materials
  • high-resolution images and film summaries for marketing use
  • promotion through a national PR & marketing campaign that includes media coverage, print & online advertising and strategic social media marketing.

We hope to work in partnership with organisations including the British Council, Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, MIT Global Shakespeares, Independent Cinema Office, Cinema for All (BFFS), Into Film and FILMCLUB, as well as film-makers, distributors, exhibitors and educators.

Films in the package may include a Bollywood Othello, a tribal Madagascan Macbeth, an Italian spaghetti western and a Chinese martial arts Hamlet, a Portuguese Midsummer Night’s Dream cartoon, a samurai King Lear, a trashy Romeo & Juliet expoitation flick and a Hollywood teen comedy Taming of the Shrew.



Omkara (India 2006) – Bollywood adaptation of Othello


Johnny Hamlet (Italy 1968) – spaghetti western adaptation of Hamlet


Ran (Japan 1985) – Kurosawa’s adaptation of King Lear


El Sueno de una Noche de San Juan (Portugal/Spain 2005) – adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream


In Iredu (Nigeria 2009) – short film depicting Macbeth’s meeting with the 3 witches


10 Things I Hate About You (USA 1999) – Hollywood teen adaptation of Taming of the Shrew


Hamlet Goes Business (Finland 1987) – maudlin comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Rave (USA 2002)


The Banquet (China 2006) – martial arts adaptation of Hamlet


All Night Long (UK 1962) – Othello in a jazz club


The Maori Merchant of Venice (New Zealand 2002)


Hamlet (Russia 1964)

Tromeo + Juliet (USA 1996) – trash exploitation comedy

Makibefo (Madagascar/UK 2000) – adaptation of Macbeth